E161b

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E161b is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a natural colouring agent in food and drink products.

The common name for E161b is lutein.

E161b is a yellow / orange colouring that occurs naturally in green leaves, egg whites and marigolds. When required on a commercial scale, E161b is extracted from nettles and grass. This colouring is only partially soluble in water and is therefore not widely used. E161b is a xanthophyll (an oxygenated derivative of carotenes).

Our search did not reveal any side effects of E161b.

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E161b:

  • alcoholic drinks
  • egg yolk
  • soups

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